But the question is unavoidable, as revelations about the private life of a public figure little-known to the public unfold.
It's a question of vetting, perhaps, which hadn't been fully performed in the case of (Thomas) Eagleton and may still be underway with Palin. Eagleton was tapped as a last-minute selection by McGovern in 1972. Palin was chosen last-minute by Republican McCain, last week.
This is quite rich coming from the Tribune, a paper that wrote millions of words about Barack Obama and didn't know about a key element of his resume until conservative researchers raised the issue.